The NRA has provided educational guidelines as to how restaurants should prevent potential outbreaks of Hepatitis A.
Numerous states across the country have reported outbreaks of the virus, including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, South Carolina, and West Virginia, and health authorities have advised business owners, including restaurateurs to be aware and to take precautions against an outbreak.
In the guide, frequently asked questions relating to the virus are answered, with explanations of the virus’ causes and symptoms provided.
One of the association’s food and safety experts, Vito Palazzolo, also gives tips to both employees at restaurants as well as managers and operators.
Advice given to employees includes washing hands frequently, avoiding bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food, not coming to work in cases of illness.
Meanwhile operators are advised to encourage employees to get vaccinated, to monitor employees for symptoms and to regularly educate their staff.
If an employee is tested positive, managers are urged to contact their local health department and receive proper protocols for response as soon as they learn of the diagnosis.